Recipe for peace and joy!

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

This morning I want to share a recipe for peace. Because so many are looking Peace, it is a concept that everyone is seeking. Peace implies unity and order. It is much more than a feeling. Peace is a state of mind, and it is a way of life.

Awakening the sleeping giant

I am reflecting this morning as the rain falls on this raw day in North East Florida. I am thinking about this particular day that lives on in infamy. History proves to us that 76 years ago today, this great nation engaged, faced insurmountable challenges and began the process of overcoming.

Chill out

God has got this. He has your life in the palms of His sovereign and robust self. I read yesterday that more people commit suicide in December than any other month. This fact is crazy. I want to encourage you this morning to simply Chill out! Don’t let the pressure of this holiday season stress you out. The Christmas season has been set aside to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, not to cause undue anxiety on you.

Unbelievable

I sit here this morning overwhelmed at the news coming out of Las Vegas. I am shocked and drawn to prayer. Words come slowly, I try and understand why someone would do this. My heart goes out to all of the families. My heart goes out to an American city. We know now that 58 people have lost their lives while enjoying a concert. We also know that over 500 people are injured and transported to the Hospital. This event is the worst mass shooting in American history. Processing this horrific event will take time for many Americans. Our freedoms are under attack. Large entertainment venues are the norm in the Home of the free. This madman for some reason thought this through for maximum effectiveness. Perched high above the festival with fully automatic weapons reigning terror on innocent concert attendees below.

Moving Forward

This morning as I prayed for our country, I went back and carefully read the words contained in The Pledge of Allegiance and The National Anthem. In re-reading these beautiful works of words, I have determined that these writings were never meant to be divisive. These compositions were written to unite us. This morning as a Citizen of the United States of America, I can rejoice knowing that I have a voice. As a Christ follower, I should recognize the responsibility that I have and always give an account for the hope that I have because of Jesus. I am to do this with gentleness and respect.

Equip

Today I finish up our acrostic for SERVE teams. Our fifth letter is the letter E. This E stands for EQUIP. My hope in writing these blog post is to help those who belong to the church that I lead to an understanding of the requirements needed to SERVE! I pray that each of our members takes on the challenge and finds a place of service. At the POINT, every member is a minister so applying these requirements is paramount in answering the needs of our guest. To recap the acrostic, we have the words Smile, Encourage, Reach out, Validate and today Equip.

Validate

Over the past couple of days, I have been listing qualifications that I believe we all possess. These same qualifications are those needed to serve on one of our SERVE teams. We pick up our requirements for a SERVE team member with the letter V. For our purposes is stands for Validate. I believe our guest at the Point wants to be validated. It takes so little effort to tell someone you are glad that they joined us for worship. We validate someone when we let them know that they add value to our lives. I am a better person because of those God puts on my path. I am thankful for the people that God loves. God loves all people, so the least that I can do is let them know how much I appreciate spending time with them.

Sharing Jesus without freaking out!

Get all excited tell everybody that, Jesus Christ is King. I have been thinking and praying about our church over the past ten days. I know that God has BIG plans for us as a church family and this fact excites me (I hope it excites you).